Conference outline

Below is the conference program. You can download a PDF version also.

International Conference on Freedom of Information: the Right to Know, 1-3 May 2010, Brisbane, Australia.

Saturday 1 May 2010


08:00 - 18:00

All-day Earlybird WPF Day Registration (The UQ Centre and Rydges Hotel)

World Press Freedom Day Pre-conference Parallel Workshops

Workshop I


10:00 - 17:00

Masterclass on Freedom of Information Laws and Issues

Moderator: Rhonda Breit, Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism, University of Queensland

Keynote address: Julie Kinross, Information Commissioner, Queensland





Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy, Canada

Rick Snell, Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania

Michael McKinnon, FOI Editor, Seven Network, Australia

Asia-Pacific Roundtable:

Chronox Manek, Chief Ombudsman, Papua New Guinea

Katherine Le Roy, Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, Republic of Nauru

Marie-Noelle Ferrieux-Patterson, President, Transparency International (Vanuatu Branch), Vanuatu

Janet Maki, Ombudsman, Cook Islands

Gabriel Suri, Attorney-General, Solomon Islands

Hila Asanuma, Director, Ministry of State, Office of the Attorney-General, Government of Palau

Jajang Jamaludin, Secretary-General, Alliance of Independent Journalists Indonesia (AJI), Indonesia

Roby Alampay, Executive-Director, South-East Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Thailand

Virgilio Guterres, President of the Journalism Association of Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste

Workshop II



09:00 - 18:00

Indigenous Voices Forum

Moderator: Michael Williams, Executive Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland

Keynote address:  Paul Cutler, Director, News and Current Affairs, SBS, Australia


Heaton Dyer, CBC, Canada

Patrick Malone, AICA

Linda Chellew, IRCA

Nelson Conboy, ICTV

Antonia Gonzales, National Native News

Duncan McCue, CBC, Canada

Susan Moylan-Coombs, Executive Producer,  Indigenous Programs Unit, ABC-TV, Australia

Michelle Lovegrove, Executive Producer, Aboriginal Program, SBS, Australia

Tanya Denning. NITV, Australia

Amy McQuire, Editor, national Indigenous Times, Australia

Matthew Leonard. NIRS, Australia

Nicola Joseph, National Training Program, Australia

Lynda McCaffery, Batchelor Institute, Australia

Trevor Cullen, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Brenda Nadjiwan, SABAR, Canada

Minelle Mahtani, University of Toronto, Canada

Carol van Valkenburg, University of Montana, USA

Gail Phillips, Murdoch University, Australia

Michelle Johnston, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Te Anga Nathan, General Manager, News and Current Affairs, Maori TV, New Zealand

18:00 -20:00



Sunday 2 May 2010


08:00 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:30

Formal Public Opening Ceremony

Moderator: Michael Bromley, Professor and Head of the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland


National Anthem


Video welcome presentation


Indigenous cultural welcome: Nunukul Yuggera Group


Welcome: Major-General Maurie McNarn AO (Retd.), Acting Vice-Chancellor and Executive Director (Operations), University of Queensland


Opening Remarks: Cameron Dick, Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, State Government of Queensland


Address: H. E. Ms Penelope Wensley, Governor of Queensland 


The University of Queensland Centenary Oration for World Press Freedom Day

Title: Freedom of Information: the Right to Know

Speaker: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO


Refreshments break


Plenary Session 1

Title: Freedom of Information: current status, challenges and implications for news media


Moderator: Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


Panel: John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner

Chronox Manek, Chief Ombudsman, Papua New Guinea

Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director Media Rights Agenda, Nigeria

Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy, Canada




Parallel Sessions

Session 1: Journalists under Pressure: Experiences from the frontline


Moderator: Chris Masters, Investigative Journalist and Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland


Panel: Dan Southerland, Executive Director, Radio Free Asia

 Zuhair Al-Jezairy, Director, Aswat al-Iraq, Iraq

Valentina Al-Ama, Communication and Project Director, Ma'an News Network, Palestine

Nigel Brennan, freelance photojournalist, recently held hostage for 15 months in Somalia

Robert Mukombozi, investigative journalist, Rwanda


Session 2: Threats to Media Freedom and Freedom of Information in the South Pacific


Moderator: Ashley Wickham, former General Manager of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, Solomon Islands


Panel: Sophie Foster, Fiji Times, Fiji

Savea Sano Malifa, Samoa Observer, Samoa

Susuve Laumaea, Co-Chair of the Pacific Freedom Forum, Papua New Guinea

Lisa Williams-Lahari, Founding Member, Wave and Pacific Freedom Forum,Cook Islands

Marie-Noelle Ferrieux-Patterson, President, Transparency International (Vanuatu Branch), Vanuatu.


Refreshments break


Plenary Session 2

Title: Freedom of Information as a tool for empowerment: Enabling protection and achievement of other rights


Moderator: Ulla Carlsson, Director of Nordicom (Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research) at Göteborg University, Sweden


Panel: Senator Joe Ludwig, Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State,federal Government of Australia

David Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel, Article 19, United Kingdom

Ramzi Khoury, Strategic Communications Consultant; CEO, Strategy Falcons Ltd. of Dubai, United Arabic Emirates

Taranath Dahal, Chairperson,Freedom Forum,Nepal

P.V Satheesh, Director,Deccan Development Society, India

18:30 - 21:00

South Pacific Soiree

A fun-filled night celebrating journalism and press freedom

Monday 3 May 2010


Plenary Session 3

Title: Transparency, accountability and the fight against corruption: Freedom of Information laws and beyond


Moderator: Aidan White, General-Secretary, International Federation of Journalists, Belgium



Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Secretary, Union of Journalists, Russia

Alvaro Herrero, Executive Director, Association for Civil Rights, Argentina

Rozlana Taukina, President of the Journalists in Danger Fund and former President of the Association of Independent Electronic Mass Media in Central Asia (ANESMICA), Kazakhstan

Atmakusumah Astraatmadja, Media Observer, Columnist and former chair of the Independent press council of Indonesia




Plenary Session 4

Title: The Right to Know in a Digital Age

This session will be recorded for national radio broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Moderator:Paul Barclay, Presenter, ABC Radio National's Australia Talks


Panel: Guy Berger,Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Editor-in-chief, Der standard, Austria

Francis Herman, Former General Manager, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation; Adviser, Vanuatu Broadcasting Corporation

Premesh Chandran, Co-founder and CEO of, Malaysia




Adoption of Brisbane Declaration


Moderator: Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO


Panel: Drafting Commission

Guest: Councillor David McLachlan, Brisbane,City Council


WPF Day Prize Award Ceremony and Conference Closing


Moderator: Martin Hadlow, Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Deputy Chair, Australian National Commission for UNESCO,Convenor,World Press Freedom Day Conference 2010

One minute of silence in Memory of Journalists and other media professionals who have lost their lives in the line of duty



Michael Bromley,Professor and Head of School of Journalism and Communication,  University of Queensland

Fernando Cano Busquets, Guillermo Cano Foundation Representative

Joergen Ejboel, Chairman of the Board, Jyllands Posten/Politiken Newspapers, Ltd

Representative of the Nicholas B.Ottaway Foundation

Joe Thloloe, President of the Jury of the World Press Freedom Prize, Press Ombudsman, Press Council of South Africa

Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO

World Press Freedom Prize Laureate Monica Gonzalez, Director, Center of Journalism and Investigation (CIPER), Chile



Farewell cocktail function



Expelled journalist tells his tale

Investigative journalist Robert Mukombozi has been arrested, kidnapped and shot at. In April 2008 he was deemed persona non grata and given five minutes to leave Rwandan soil. He has not seen his family since. Hear his tale of press freedom in our interactive timeline.


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